North Allegheny wins 3rd WPIAL title in 4 years

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Photo Credit: North Allegheny Sports Network

by: Randy Gore

On the strength of a career-best 30-point performance from senior guard Jasmine Timmerson, the North Allegheny girls’ basketball team rolled to a 71-45 triumph over Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game at the Petersen Events Center. Its the third WPIAL crown for the Tigers in the last four years and fifth District 7 championship overall.

The second-seeded Tigers faced the top-seeded Panthers for the sixth consecutive year in the postseason and was hoping to atone for a loss to USC in the WPIAL semifinals last season. Upper St. Clair, meanwhile, was appearing in the WPIAL championship game for the third straight year and hoping to avenge two prior losses in the title tilt, including a 70-36 defeat at the hands of North Allegheny in 2021.

Each team tried to set the tone and both had success in the early going. Marist College commit Kate Robbins opened the scoring with a layup to give USC a quick 2-0 lead, but North Allegheny immediately answered on a 3-pointer by Timmerson for a 3-2 advantage. The game was tied at 6-6 with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter, when the Tigers used a 7-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Timmerson started the run with a pair of free throws and followed with a steal and layup for a 10-6 lead. Junior Caroline Henderson added a 3-pointer and NA led, 13-7, with 2:02 remaining in the opening stanza.

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